Top 5 design things to look out for in February

Discover work by women comic artists, help save some public art and visit Ai Weiwei’s RA exhibition without leaving your seat.

Conference: Design Indaba

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What: Cape Town’s festival of creativity is set to return, with speakers this year including NB Studio, Pentagram partner Naresh Ramchandani, Margaret Calvert and architecture collective Assemble. Design Week will be reporting from the scene.

When: 17-19 February.

Where: Cape Town, South Africa.

Info: Find out more on the Design Indaba website.

Campaign: Help save public art

Rosewall (Curved Reclining Form) by Barbara Hepworth, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, 1960-2. Listed Grade II © Historic England
Rosewall (Curved Reclining Form) by Barbara Hepworth, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, 1960-2. Listed Grade II © Historic England

What: Historic England has been working to identify and protect 41 postwar public sculptures under threat by awarding them Grade II listed status. To raise awareness around the issue it is also hosting an exhibition of sculptures which have already been destroyed, sold, lost or stolen, as well as those which need to be saved.

When: 3 February-10 April.

Where: Somerset House, London.

Info: Find out more about the campaign and exhibition in our recent story.

Exhibition: Comix Creatrix

By Laura Callaghan
By Laura Callaghan

What: London’s House of Illustration is hosting an exhibition dedicated to work by women comic book artists. The Comix Creatrix show will present original work by 100 women comic creators.

When: 5 February-15 May.

Where: House of Illustration, London

Info: Find out more about the exhibition and see some work in our preview story.

Festival: Stockholm Design Week


What: The Swedish capital’s annual design week also wraps in the furniture and light fairs and features exhibitions and events across the city. Exhibitors include Iitala, Form us with Love and IKEA.

When: 8-14 February.

Where: Venues across Stockholm.

Info: Find out more at the Stockholm Design Week website.

Interactive Installation: Ai Weiwei 360

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What: Ai Weiwei’s exhibition at London’s Royal Academy was one of the most talked-about shows of last year. But if you didn’t get to see it, never fear. Working with The Space and AVM, the RA has created an interactive installation that allows you to “visit” the display from the comfort of your own chair.

When: Until 20 November.


Info: Find out more in Creative Review’s article about the project.

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